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Working with the City of Chicago

Working with the City of Chicago

Three Simple Steps to Apply for a Business License
The City of Chicago walks you through what it takes to get a business licence, including registering with the Illinois Secretary of State, getting a federal Employer Identification Number, application fees, and more. You can also call 311 for assistance.

Get the Most from the City of Chicago Site
"City Services" on the left-hand side of the City of Chicago website is an easy way to find online answers for your small business. Below are a few examples.


Government Grants for Small Business
SCORE Chicago offers four potential options for obtaining government grants.

Help Applying for a Small Business Loan
From requesting an appropriate amount to touting your talents, SCORE Chicago helps you apply for a small business loan.

Local TIF and Your Business
Learn how Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues can help small business owners within specific districts to repair or remodel their facilities:

Free Chicago Facade Improvement
Facade funding from the City of Chicago provides improvements for neighborhood businesses through financial and technical aid.